If you like your RISP’s stranded and your runners TOOTBLANed, last night was the game for you. Kip and Nap were essentially worthless, but Tomlin pitched well enough that one run, courtesy of Coco Crisp, was enough to make the game.
Both teams left seven men on base and neither pitcher had a game score above the low 60’s, but it was a nail-biter at the end. With two outs, the Cubs’ hopes rested on Jason Heyward (ouch!), but Naps pulled a Naps and J-Hey got on base. Heyward took 2B unchallenged, leaving men at 2B and 3B with Baez coming to the plate. Man, there probably isn’t anyone you’d rather have up in that moment, but Allen hung on and got the SO to close the shut out.
But, the biggest change-maker of the night was HPU Magoo Hirschbeck. How ’bout that strike zone? Eesh. Meritocracy, y’all!